Tuesday, November 3, 2009

General Elections Are Finally Here!

The business community is waiting with great anticipation as ballots will be counted and the numbers will be released later tonight from the Pierce County Auditor’s office.

This year’s elections will impact business at the local level. Specifically, a majority of the Tacoma City Council is up for election and there is the potential for five brand new members depending on whether Strickland and/or Anderson are elected to other offices.

Propositions on the Pierce County ballot will determine whether incumbents on the Pierce County council will be allowed to seek an additional term of service. If not, five new positions will open up on the Pierce County council over the next three years which could produce uncertainty about the direction of the county and its legislative body.

This election will also determine whether the county’s controversial and expensive ranked choice voting system will remain in place. A majority of the Port of Tacoma Commissioners’ seats are up for consideration and election night will certainly lead to the selection of a brand new Port Commissioner (Ted Bottiger’s open seat will go to Don Meyer or Cathy Pearsall-Stipek).

Regardless of the scenario, Chamber members will be able to rely on the Chamber’s organization for enhancing relationships with these elected officials and at all levels of government.

The first election results will be available around 8:45 p.m. tonight at the Pierce County Auditor’s website.

Author: Mike Weinman

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